Lexi Terrones hit a key run-scoring triple for Rancho Buena Vista.
The last time Rancho Buena Vista claimed a San Diego Section softball championship none of the current Longhorns was alive.
That was back in 1997.
The drought ended Friday as second-seeded RBV earned the Division I title with a 6-2 victory over No. 1 Patrick Henry in the finals at UC San Diego.
Rancho Buena Vista junior pitcher Hannah Bailey tossed a complete-game five-hitter, striking out four and walking two.
After allowing two runs in the first four innings, Bailey did not allow any hits in the final three.
Following a loss in their first playoff game, the Longhorns (25-9-1) won their last five.
In the fourth inning, with two outs, Sarah Fisher doubled and scored on Bailey’s single, tying the game at 1-1.
A three-run fifth inning used four hits — including Monica Padilla’s run-scoring double, Lexi Terrones’ run-scoring triple and Allie Hughen’s run-scoring double — to give RBV a 4-2 lead.
The Longhorns added two insurance runs in the seventh inning as Terrones singled in the first one, her 23rd of the season, and Hughen singled in the game’s final run.
Bailey, who improved to 14-6, kept the Patriots (25-9) off the board and without their first crown since 2004.
Sophomore third baseman Andrea Wright drove in one run and scored the other run for Patrick Henry.